Taking Manhattan: Faculty musicians play Carnegie Hall

Friday, March 30, 2012

From left, Trio Lorca musicians Terry Vermillion, Melissa Krause and Catherine Verrilli.

A trio of faculty musicians played its innovative music March 16 at Carnegie Hall.

As this issue went to press, soprano Catherine Verrilli, flutist Melissa Krause and percussionist Terry Vermillion were preparing for an hour-long show in the Weill Recital Hall, the 268-seat chamber music venue at the world-famous concert center.

Just two blocks from Central Park in midtown Manhattan, 120-year-old Carnegie Hall is one of the world’s great performance spaces. Musicians who’ve performed there include Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Billie Holiday, Isaac Stern and the Beatles.

The St. Cloud State Music Department professors are stretching the boundaries of the classical trio format, in both music and performance choices. The repertoire ranges from European-style madrigals to modern classical works by composers such as Aaron Copland and Charles Ives, to pop music by songwriter Rufus Wainwright. At Carnegie Hall, the threesome will wear clothing created by East Village designer Garo Sparo, including a black leather-and-silk gown for Verrilli and a black West Africa-inspired dashiki for Vermillion.

The Carnegie show is a “stamp of approval” for the trio’s professional development efforts, which include commissioning works and adapting and arranging others’ works, Vermillion said. He credits Music Department colleagues and Mark Springer, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, for supporting that professional development.

Trio Lorca is appearing at Carnegie Hall as part of the Distinguished Concerts Artists Series.

Krause’s music has been performed at the Dvorak Museum in the Czech Republic and at the New Music Festival at Florida State University, where she earned her doctorate degree.

A timpanist for the St. Cloud Symphony, Vermillion has traveled the world exploring musical forms such as Indonesian gamelan, Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban rhumba. He earned his doctorate at University of Northern Colorado.

The Washington Post has described Verrilli’s voice as “gently agile” and “expressive.” She was a finalist in the Washington International Competition for Singers. Her doctorate is from the University of Maryland School of Music.

The trio draws its name from Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, whose poetry provided lyrics for the first song Trio Lorca learned as a group.

- Jeff Wood '81 '87 '95

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